Ristori was born in Bologna and after some success with the Venetian opera, went to Dresden in 1715. From the 1720s he was responsible, along with Heinichen and Zelenka, for the music at the religious services at the Catholic court. He was appointed as church composer after Zelenka died. The first work on this CD was composed for the Royal Chapel and he second was written for teaching figured bass.
“Their exceedingly attractive voices are well matched, and they both have a refined and sure technique as well as a firm grasp of Baroque ornamentation. They also show due regard to eighteenth-century singing style while still exploiting fully the possibilities for tonal colouration in Ristori`s sinuous, sensuous lines...Such near-flawless performances as on this disc should encourage more musicians and musicologists to investigate Ristori.” INT. RECORD REVIEW